By Reynard Magtoto
LEGAZPI CITY, 25November2016 (BicolToday.com) – “These black ribbons will remind the state that their impunity must end and stop using soldiers to spread human rights violations,” Noel Azores said while tying black ribbon in the post of Albay provincial Capitol.
Azores is the Bicol Regional Coordinator of Bahaghari, a new LGBT group in the country. He volunteered to dress himself with cloth marked with “rape” and “slave” red words and paper-made chains as symbolic action against Marcos Burial and the dictatorship of Marcos during its term.
Despite the rain in the morning, Bicolana Gabriela and Amihan of peasant women conducted the initial multisectoral #BlackFriday protest against Marcos Dictatorship. Protesters mostly women join the #BlackFriday protest here in Legazpi City.
According to Jen Nagrampa of Bicolana Gabriela Jen Nagrampa they will join the bigger Bicolano movement this afternoon. She said many women and children became victims of Marcos Dictatorship. “Imprints of Martial Law remains in the gist of Oplan Bayanihan militarizing remote barangays in Bicol region.”
AFP troops in the Albay province are deployed in its remote barangays in Tamaoyan, Pawa and Kilicao at present and staying in barangay halls according to Bayan-Bicol.
Azores agreed to Bicolana Gabriela that the imprints of Martial Law continue especially its connivance with the United States. He cited the Jennifer Laude case that was raped by US troop in the country.
According to Noel Azores of Bahaghari, an LGBT group, women are not the only sector being raped, tortured and harassed. LGBT community is also prone to impunity of the state.
The United Nations declared November 25 as international Day for elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) in commemoration of the death of Mirabel sisters, political activists who fought against the dictatorship of General Trujillo of Dominican Republic. It also recognizes the global discrimination and harassments of women.
In the Philippines, it is recognized in RA 10398 through the efforts of Gabriela Women’s Party that November 25 be recognized as National Consciousness Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.
“Despite the legislation that we have today, the alarming number of the violence against women and children continues to rise. Based on the study by the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) on 2016, a woman or a child is raped every 53 minutes, seven out of ten victims were children. It also reaches up to 200% increase in cases of RA 9262 or the Anti VAWC,” Nagrampa said.
From 1, 903 cases of rape in 2014, it increase in 2, 0174 in 2016 which 38-40% of it is an incest rape. Two said it was the youngest and the oldest counts 53.
“In the spirit of IDEVAW, we are committed to the resistance and blockage of the burial of an authoritarian, militarist and fascist Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani. Because of his bloody record during Martial Law so many women have been killed and many lost and orphaned children,” Nagrampa said. [BicolToday.com]